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UPDATED: 08:31, April 01, 2006
Pharaonic hall discovered in southern Egypt
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A hall in a pharaonic tomb has been discovered by an Egyptian-Spanish team in southern Egypt, the English-language daily Egyptian Gazette reported on Friday.

Zahi Hawas, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities announced that the pharaonic hall was found in Luxor, an ancient city of some 670 km south of Cairo.

Archeologists had discovered the hall at Zira Abu al-Naga on the west bank of the Nile, as the team was excavating a tomb site, which could give important information on how ancient Egyptians dug their tombs, said the antiquities chief.

According to Hawas, the tomb belonged to an official responsible for temple and tomb decorations in the reign of Queen Hatshepsut (1502-1482 BC), the only woman Pharaoh in ancient Egypt.

"The building is 34 meters long and there are many drawings carved on the walls, as well as words of sermons that ancient Egyptians listened to at the time," said Hawas.

The antiquities chief also confirmed that the hall which opens into the tomb area was one of the longest such construction unearthed to date.

Source: Xinhua

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